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Entirely Online | 30 Credits | 2 Years
  • Designed for highly-qualified special education teachers, with completion leading to an endorsement to serve as a special education consultant (four years of teaching experience required)
  • Completion will also lead to an instructional coach certificate
  • Learn to coordinate, supervise and evaluate the implementation of evidence-based instructional programs for students with disabilities
  • Ranked in the top 15% of online master's in education programs in 2023 by U.S. News and World Report 

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As an Online & Distance Education student, you’ll have a dedicated Enrollment Contact and Program Coordinator to assist you with registering for classes, navigating the course sequence and billing process, preparing for graduation and much more.

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Amy Staples

Program Coordinator

Associate Professor, Special Education

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Jamie Anderson

Enrollment Contact

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Delivered Entirely Online

Courses are offered entirely online using Blackboard, a learning management system, and Zoom interactive video conferencing sessions, to be held on Tuesday evenings; these platforms allow students to enhance their learning experience while building a sense of community.

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What will you learn?
  • Coaches will develop competencies in using research-based content teaching strategies, integrating appropriate technology into learning experiences and implementing MTSS to close achievement gaps
  • Consultants will receive professional development in curriculum development design and the consultation process (examination, analysis and application of a methodological model for consulting with teachers)
  • Practice the performance-based application of competencies and skills with a minimum of 90 contact hours. Mentors who are currently serving as instructional coaches, team leaders or consultants will also be assigned to support students

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Individualized Support Services

Throughout every step of your program, you'll have a dedicated team of support staff ready to assist you. You'll also have access to UNI services such as:

  • Personalized academic advising
  • Support from Financial Aid, Career Services and Rod Library staff
  • Academic support and tutoring opportunities from the Learning Center
  • Access to student accessibility services and staff
  • Technical support assistance
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Along with the application, students must submit: 

  • applicant statement describing your professional background, motivation for applying, and professional goals
  • three letters of recommendation, addressing your ability to handle graduate level work and past work with individuals with special needs
  • official transcripts, sent directly to the Office of Admissions

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Our team of support staff is available to help you throughout your UNI journey.

If you have any questions, contact us at 319-273-7206 or for assistance!

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Scholarships Available

Online & Distance Education offers scholarships to UNI teaching alumni who enroll in a degree-seeking graduate program at a distance.

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Delivery of this program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.